Alex Katz


Alex Katz is renowned for his figurative paintings, which examine the nature of representing the three-dimensional world on canvas in simplified portraits and landscapes. Katz was born in Brooklyn; he attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, later studying art at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Amidst the height of Abstract Expressionism in the United States, Katz painted representational works, but in the 1950s his quick, expressive brushstrokes represent the influence of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning on his work. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, his adherence to simplified forms and to careful studies of light, flatness, and color are particularly evident in his work. His allegiance to figuration and his embrace of the two-dimensional surface prefigured these features in Pop Art in the 1960s. 

Katz also worked with collage, printmaking, and set design, increasingly concentrating on these mediums and developing freestanding sculptural collages through the 1970s. He later painted large-scale landscapes, developing “environments” in his works intended to envelop and immerse the viewer, and continues working with natural themes in his works today. Katz has held solo exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, at The Jewish Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in Spain, among other venues, and has received several honors for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently lives and works in New York and Maine.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Alex Katz - Coca Cola Girl, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2019 Alex Katz: Prints, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany 

2018 Alex Katz: Grass and Trees, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018 Alex Katz: Models and Dancers, Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 

2018 Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY

2018 Alex Katz: Coca-Cola Girls, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England 

2018 Alex Katz: Splits, Galeria Javier Lopez & Frances Fer, Madrid, Spain 

2018 ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England, U.K. 

2018  Alex Katz, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany 

2017 Alex Katz: Black and White, Tampa Museum of Art 

2017 Alex Katz: Cartoons, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid 

2017 Alex Katz: Subway Drawings, Timothy Taylor 16x34, New York, NY 

2017 Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH 

2017 Alex Katz, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London 

2017 Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY  

2017 Alex Katz Cut Outs: 1950s - 1980s, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 291 Grand St, New York, NY 

2017 Alex Katz: Small Painting, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL 

2017 Alex Katz: Three Paintings, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY 

2017 Alex Katz: Dancers and Models, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria 

2016 Present Tense: Sixty Years of Master Drawings, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2016 Present Tense: Sixty Years of Master Drawings, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's enterprise 

2016 Alex Katz: Quick Light, Serpentine Gallery, London 

2016 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME

2016 Alex Katz: New Landscapes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris 

2016 Alex Katz: Small Paintings and Drawings, 1990 - 2016, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan 

2016 Alex Katz: Black and White, American University Museum, Washington D.C. 

2015 Alex Katz: Black Paintings, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London 

2015 Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY 

2015 Alex Katz: This is Now, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

2015 Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

2015 Alex Katz at the Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 

2015 Alex Katz: This is Now, Guggenheim Bilbao 

2015 Alex Katz: Portraits, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid 

2014 Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY 

2014 45 Years of Portraits: 1969-2014, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2014 Alex Katz: 70s / 80s / 90s, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London 

2014 Alex Katz, Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo 

2014 Alex Katz, 356 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 

2014 Alex Katz: Red Hat, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid 

2014 Alex Katz: Drawings, Cartoons, Paintings, Albertina, Vienna 

2013 Katz x Katz, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT 

2013 Alex Katz: Summer in Maine, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid 

2013 Alex Katz: Landscapes, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich 

2013 Alex Katz: New York/Maine, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

2013 Alex Katz / Félix Vallotton, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne 

2013 Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor 

2013 Alex Katz: Beneath the Surface, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

2013 Alex Katz: Portraits & Late Summer Flowers, Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2013 Alex Katz: Small Paintings 1987-2013, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY 

2013 Alex Katz: Virtual Reality, Richard Gray, Chicago, IL

2013 Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

2012 Alex Katz: Casa Nadi, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC) de la Foundation Gas Natural Fenosa, Avda. Arteixo, 171, 15008 A Coruña SPAIN 

2012 Alex Katz Prints, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

2012 Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow, Tate, St. Ives 

2012 Alex Katz: Seductive Elegance (New Portraits), Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2012 Alex Katz: Maine/New York, Colby College Museum of Art, ME

2012 Alex Katz, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London 

2012 Alex Katz, Essl Museum, Vienna 

2012 Alex Katz, Turner Contemporary, Margate 

2012 Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY 

2011 Alex Katz, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany 

2011 Alex Katz, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China 

2011 Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY

2011 Alex Katz: Figure/Ground, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY 

2011 Alex Katz: Face the Music, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2011 Alex Katz: Naked Beauty, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover

2010 Alex Katz, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London 

2010 Alex Katz Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London

2010 Alex Katz Prints, Albertina, Vienna, Austria

2010 Alex Katz: New Work, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

2010 Alex Katz: Prints, Paintings, Cutouts, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany 

2010 Alex Katz: Once in a Lifetime, Galería Javier López–Mário Sequeira, Madrid 

2010 Alex Katz, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 

2009 Alex Katz: Seeing, Drawing, Making, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, FL

2009 Alex Katz: Seeing, Drawing, Making, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, NY 

2009 Alex Katz: Reflections, Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro (MARCA), Calabria, Italy 

2009 Alex Katz, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 

2009 Alex Katz: An American Way of Seeing, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

2009 Alex Katz: An American Way of Seeing, Musée Grenoble, Grenoble, France 

2009 Alex Katz: An American Way of Seeing, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany 

2009 Alex Katz: Fifteen Minutes, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY

2008 Alex Katz, Galerie Jablonka
, Berlin 

2008 Alex Katz: Subject To Reversal, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 Alex Katz, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan

2007 Alex Katz: New York, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2007 Alex Katz: Cutouts, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid 

2007 ​Paintings Studies Cartoons, Galeria Toni Tápies
, Barcelona, Spain

2007 ​Alex Katz: Drawings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 
Salzburg, Austria 

2007 ​One Flight Up, Timothy Taylor Gallery
, London, United Kingdom 

2007 ​Alex Katz Paintings, Studies, Cartoons, Galeria Toni Tapies - Consell de Cent 282, 08007 Barcelona, Spain 

2006 Alex Katz, Texas Gallery
, Houston, TX

2006 Alex Katz: Piccoli Formati, Galleria in Arco, Piazza Vittorio Veneto 1-3, 10124 Torino, Italy 

2006 Alex Katz: The Sixties, PaceWildenstein Gallery, 
New York, NY

2006 Alex Katz New Faces 2006, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 

2006 Alex Katz in Maine, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 
Philadelphia, PA 

2006 Alex Katz in European Collections, Langen Foundation, 
Neuss, Germany 

2006 Alex Katz: Woodcuts and Linocuts, Colby College Museum of Art
, Waterville, ME

2006 Alex Katz Paints Ada, 1957-2005, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY 

2005 Alex Katz' Collages, Colby College Art Museum, 
Waterville, ME

2005 Alex Katz, The University of South Florida at Tampa, FL

2005 Alex Katz: Recent Paintings, CAC Malaga, 
Malaga, Spain

2005 Alex Katz in Maine, Farnsworth Art Museum Museum, Rockland, ME

2005 Neue Editionen, Sabine Maximilian Verlag
, Munich, Germany 

2005 Alex Katz, Alex Katz, "First Sight": 
Working Drawings from 1965-2002, Peter Blum Gallery, 
New York, NY 

2005 Alex Katz: Man in White Shirt, Galeria Javier Lopez, 
Madrid, Spain 

2005 Alex Katz, Monica De Cardenas, Milano 

2004 Alex Katz, Galerie Jablonka, 
Koln, Germany 

2004 Alex Katz, Stella Gallery, 
Moscow, Russia 

2004 Alex Katz, Timothy Taylor Gallery, 
London, England 

2004 Alex Katz: Twelve Paintings, PaceWildenstein New York 

2004 Alex Katz Prints 1966-2003, Galerie Christine Koenig
, Vienna, Austria 

2004 Alex Katz: Cartoons and Paintings, Albertina Museum
, Vienna, Austria 

2003 Alex Katz, Galleria D'Arte Contemporanea 
Emilio Mazzoli
, Modena, Italy 

2003 Alex Katz: Cutouts, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany 

2003 Alex Katz: New Paintings and Drawings, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003 Alex Katz, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 
Paris, France 

2003 Alex Katz: Portraits, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy 

2003 Alex Katz: Cutouts, Museum Moderner Kunst Kirnten, 
Klagenfurt, Austria 

2003 Alex Katz: Flowers and Landscapes, PaceWildenstein
, New York, New York 

2003 Alex Katz: Flowers and Landscapes, PaceWildenstein, New York, New York 

2003 Alex Katz: 
Small Portraits and Large Landscapes, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, 
Milano, Italy 

2002 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Addison Gallery of American Art, 
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 

2002 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Whitney Museum of American Art
, New York, NY

2002 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, 
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY

2002 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2002 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Oklahoma City Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2002 Alex Katz: Small Paintings, The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

2002 Beach Scenes and Landscapes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 

2002 Alex Katz, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

2002 Alex Katz: In Your Face, Kunst-Und Ausstellungshalle Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 
Bonn, Germany

2002 Alex Katz - Small Paintings, Timothy Taylor Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom 

2002 Alex Katz, Tacoma Art Museum
, Tacoma, WA

2001 Alex Katz, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy 

2001 Alex Katz, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany 

2001 Alex Katz, Galeria Monica de Cardenas, Venice, Italy 

2001 Alex Katz: The Complete Woodcuts, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2000 Paintings of the 60's, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany 

2000 Alex Katz, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2000 Regarding Alex Katz, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2000 Alex Katz Paintings of the 1980s, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria 

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